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diabetes question?

how did you know you had it? it runs in my family and my dad keeps yelling at me to watch what i eat and all. i am a candy eater big but just being cautious how did you know?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:23 PM on Dec. 1, 2009 in Health

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  • First I will tell you that eating sweets all by itself will not cause you to have diabetes. If you do have diabetes, eating the sweets will cause problems, but that alone does not cause diabetes. Many people start to exhibit signs of diabetes, for which they visit a doctor. A visit to the doctor can give you a good idea of where you stand in the arena of diabetes. They will do a simple blood test which will give them a lot of information about where you stand. If you are concerned, visit your doctor and tell him of your family history of diabetes and ask to be tested. This way you will know for sure and if the test is positive, you will be given medical advice to control and monitor your diabetes.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:25 PM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • They just talked about this yesterday on The Doctors. They said the same thing anon just said, sugar doesn't cause diabetes. It causes weight gain which can lead to medical issues including diabetes. So eat the sugar if you want, just don't eat so much of it that you become overweight.

    Answer by admckenzie at 1:39 PM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • If you develop diabetes you can have any or all of these symptoms, but they can come on so gradually that you may not notice a change: extreme thirst/dry mouth, feeling of nasal stuffiness, moments of blurry vision, extreme fatigue especially about an hour or two after eating, hunger, weight loss even though you're eating normally, frequent urination (probably because you'd be drinking more), mood swings & extreme irritability.

    Eating a lot of sugar CAN overstimulate your pancreas/insulin secretion. Your pancreas can tire out & your body's cells can become resistant to the overload of insulin, resulting in diabetes Type 2. It's in your family, you could get it.

    Oh, & sugar isn't the only culprit. The average American diet includes 2 - 3 times the necessary amount of carbohydrates that are needed by the average human. Carbs turn into glucose (sugar) once they're in your digestive system, a good reason to watch what you eat

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 2:08 PM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • When was the last time that you had a complete physical? Your health care provider can let you know what your risk factors are.

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:25 PM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • Keep in mind that 1/3 of people born in this century will develop type 2 diabetes, unless we learn to eat better.

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:25 PM on Dec. 1, 2009

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